Get away!

Give your­self a postChrist­mas pick-up with a break at a fab­u­lous Nor­folk ho­tel or hol­i­day home

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Nine tempt­ing Nor­folk boltholes for a win­ter break

SUITS YOU IF... you’re a coun­try­side cou­ple want­ing to get away from it all.

WHERE IS IT? Reep­ham. WHAT IS IT? Old Oaks Cot­tage, sleeps three in a peace­ful coun­try­side lo­ca­tion.

HOT PICK… Not just one but two wood­burn­ers heat this stun­ning, newly ren­o­vated cot­tage, keep­ing it toasty warm even in the depths of win­ter, as do the faux fur bed throws, the sheep­skin rug in front of the sit­ting room fire and, our favourite, the out­door hot tub which is avail­able year-round. It’s not just warmth that makes this de­tached cot­tage ap­peal, though. There’s loads to see and do, even in the depths of win­ter.

WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?

Lo­cated in the gor­geous, con­ser­va­tion area town of Reep­ham, you can cy­cle or walk the Mar­riott’s Way, wan­der around in­de­pen­dent shops and sip hot choco­late in lo­cal cafes be­fore re­treat­ing back to the cot­tage to snuggle down. HOW MUCH? From £439 for a short break or £511 per week from Nor­folk Coun­try Cot­tages. 01263 715779 www.nor­folk­cot­tages.co.uk

SUITS YOU IF... you like your lux­ury with­out sac­ri­fice to the en­vi­ron­ment.

WHERE IS IT? Hidden in the his­toric mar­ket town of Swaffham, Strat­tons sits in a quiet yet cen­tral pri­vate close in the town.

WHAT IS IT? Award win­ning bou­tique ho­tel, restau­rant and cafe deli of­fer­ing cool con­tem­po­rary style with orig­i­nal­ity.

HOT PICK… En­joy af­ter­noon tea and cock­tails by the fire, a light lunch from the cafe deli or a de­li­cious din­ner in the chic restau­rant. Stay in one of the 14 in­di­vid­ual, sump­tu­ous and eclec­tic bed­rooms, maybe a Ja­cobean four-poster bed; an open fire; a free­stand­ing bath at the foot of the bed with room for two; orig­i­nal pe­riod fea­tures or a cinema screen.

WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?

Swaffham is a bustling Nor­folk town lo­cated in the beau­ti­ful Brecks coun­try­side; 370 square miles of for­est, heath and farm­land – an ideal base from which to ex­plore. Nor­wich and the north Nor­folk coast are in easy range – if, that is, you can tear your­self away from the ho­tel with its lux­u­ri­ous tran­quil­lity and de­li­cious food and im­pres­sive green cre­den­tials.

HOW MUCH? Win­ter deals from £99 per night bed & break­fast. 01760 723845, www.strat­ton­shotel.com

SUITS YOU... if you are look­ing for a per­fect coastal get­away.

WHERE IS IT? Thorn­ham. WHAT IS IT? Beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated for­mer coach­ing inn on the north Nor­folk coast.

HOT PICK…The hosts prom­ise a cosy at­mos­phere, clev­erly crafted menus, eye-catch­ing in­te­ri­ors and 11 lux­u­ri­ous bed­rooms, all stylishly ap­pointed and lovely fluffy bathrobes; some of their rooms come with dou­ble ended baths or comfy seat­ing ar­eas. All the bed­rooms at The Che­quers Inn have lav­ish en-suite bath­rooms with ESPA toi­letries.

WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?

Per­fectly placed for ex­plor­ing the sub­tle beauty of the north Nor­folk coast. The stun­ning beaches of Bran­caster and Holkham are close by, as are the nature re­serves at RSPB Titch­well and Holme or visit numer­ous his­toric houses, in­clud­ing the royal es­tate at San­dring­ham. Try the art galleries and del­i­catessens of Burn­ham Mar­ket or the craft shops and lo­cal food stores of Wells-next-the-Sea.

HOW MUCH? Rooms from £75 per cou­ple. 01485 512229 , www. che­quersin­nthorn­ham.com

SUITS YOU... if you love lux­u­ri­ous city breaks with a hint of quirk­i­ness. WHERE IS IT? The heart of Nor­wich

WHAT IS IT? Lux­ury bed and break­fast ho­tel rooms in a Ge­or­gian Grade I listed man­sion

HOT PICK... Less than two years af­ter open­ing its bed­rooms, The Assem­bly Room’s stun­ning suites have won a tro­phy cabi­net full of awards. In the cen­tre of Nor­wich, there are rooms with four-poster beds, each room is filled with Ge­or­gian an­tiques and cu­riosi­ties, and each has a mar­ble bath­room with un­der­floor heat­ing and free­stand­ing roll-top bath­tubs where you can bathe by can­dle­light as you lis­ten to mu­sic and in­dulge your­self with high-end toi­letries. A few steps away is the main house where you can en­joy a lo­callysourced, sea­sonal and de­li­cious break­fast or the Assem­bly House’s fa­mous af­ter­noon tea.

WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?

Nor­wich The­atre Royal is lit­er­ally next door, Nor­wich Lanes with their vi­brant mix of in­de­pen­dent shops, restau­rants, bars and museums is less than three min­utes’ walk away and all the city’s main at­trac­tions are on the doorstep.

HOW MUCH? Lux­ury rooms start from £170 per night in­clud­ing break­fast. 01603 626402, www. as­sem­bly­house­nor­wich.co.uk

SUITS YOU... If you’re look­ing for the ‘wow’ fac­tor.

WHERE IS IT? Burn­ham Mar­ket. WHAT IS IT? The ul­ti­mate lux­ury escape, an amaz­ing fu­sion of lo­ca­tion and lux­ury. Salt Marsh House has a com­bi­na­tion of su­perb lo­ca­tion, lux­ury prop­erty and award-win­ning de­sign, pro­vid­ing stun­ning views of the north Nor­folk coast­line. With floor to ceil­ing glass, six en-suite bed­rooms, cinema room, gym­na­sium and hot tub, this prop­erty is in a very se­lect group of Nor­folk homes. En­joy Salt Marsh House all year round; the many bal­conies are the per­fect spot for re­lax­ing in the sun dur­ing the warmer months or, dur­ing the win­ter, you can cosy up in front of the wood­burner or hunker down in the cinema room with a great film. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?

Burn­ham Mar­ket of­fers shop­pers some great op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­tail ther­apy. If you want to burn a few calo­ries there are won­der­ful wildlife walks all around, and the great houses of Houghton and Holkham are close by. HOW MUCH? Salt Marsh House, from £1,960 to £6,950. 01485 512245 www.bare­footre­treats.co.uk SUITS YOU IF... you have a large group want­ing the lap of lux­ury WHERE IS IT? Cley WHAT? Barn Drift, a spec­tac­u­lar five bed­room barn that sleeps 16. HOT PICK… Lovers of the north Nor­folk coast will know just how ‘get away from it all’ ‘big sky coun­try’ Cley is, and this large, brick and flint barn is per­haps its ul­ti­mate bolt­hole for large groups or fam­i­lies. No ex­pense has been spared on the dé­cor, which in­cludes ver­tig­i­nous raised ceil­ings, a cop­per bath that looks like it has come straight from the pages of a life­style magazine, large glass win­dows af­ford­ing views over the Glaven Val­ley, Blak­eney Point and Cley, and lots of seat­ing and din­ing space. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY?

With coastal walks lit­er­ally on the doorstop, this is a lo­ca­tion made for get­ting out into the great out­doors. Those with am­bi­tion and lots of en­ergy can walk to Blak­eney Point on a low­er­ing tide whilst wildlife and nature lovers can en­joy Cley Re­serve, the old­est wildlife trust re­serve in the county.

HOW MUCH? Price from £4,985 per week from Salt. 01328 887 600 www.salt­nor­folk.co.uk

SUITS YOU... If you’re a medium-sized group look­ing for a spe­cial re­treat.

WHERE IS IT? Bran­caster. WHAT IS IT? Four-bed de­tached house HOT PICK… A stun­ning coastal house lo­cated in the heart of Bran­caster within walk­ing dis­tance of the beach. Dune House of­fers ‘coastal chic’ at its best. New­ly­dec­o­rated and fur­nished in a light and con­tem­po­rary Scandi-style, the house is per­fect for fam­i­lies, cou­ples and friends look­ing for a spe­cial re­treat. The bed­rooms all have qual­ity mat­tresses and high thread count bed linen – along with a house bath­room (fluffy tow­els pro­vided). The su­perbly-equipped kitchen has a gen­er­ous din­ing area with bi-fold doors lead­ing out to the gar­den and the sit­ting room has lovely squashy sofas, a log burner to keep you toasty and a large TV. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY? With easy ac­cess to the beach and many great lo­cal eat­ing places, you might not want to ven­ture too far afield but, if you do, this is an area pop­u­lar with golfers, walk­ers, sailors, cy­clists, pad­dle board­ers, kayak­ers, bird watch­ers and dog own­ers! If you like shop­ping, trendy Burn­ham Mar­ket is just a few min­utes’ drive away.

HOW MUCH? From £1,014 for a three-night break and from £1,254 for a seven-night break. www.nor­folkhide­aways.co.uk

SUITS YOU... if you are look­ing for bou­tique but in­for­mal lux­ury.

WHERE IS IT? Fram­ing­ham Pigot on the out­skirts of Nor­wich.

WHAT IS IT? Ex­clu­sive bou­tique B&B set in a ru­ral oa­sis not far from the city.

HOT PICK… Be­cause it has just six lux­ury bou­tique rooms, each of which has its own de­sign and style. The de­tail and fin­ish through­out The Lodge is also ex­quis­ite but re­tains an air of in­for­mal­ity, with the re­laxed din­ing room and cosy snug, which fea­tures an hon­esty bar so you can en­joy your favourite tip­ple at the end of the night by the glow­ing fire.

WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY? The Lodge is in the heart of the pri­vately-owned vil­lage of Fram­ing­ham Pigot and is sur­rounded by glo­ri­ous Nor­folk coun­try­side and thus of­fers a peace­ful ru­ral re­treat. Brasted’s award-win­ning restau­rant is on site, of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar food for those want­ing some­thing a lit­tle spe­cial and with Nor­wich city cen­tre just a short drive away, boast­ing an ar­ray of high street and high end shops and lo­cally run cafés, there is al­ways plenty to see and do even in the depths of win­ter.

HOW MUCH? Book one night’s stay in Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary, in­clud­ing din­ner on one night, and get the sec­ond night free; £245 for two (ex­cludes Satur­day nights). 01508 491112 www.brast­eds.co.uk

SUITS YOU... if you’re wild about the coun­try

WHERE IS IT? Thomp­son, a few miles north of Thet­ford

WHAT IS IT? A col­lec­tion of hand­somely-ap­pointed shep­herd’s huts, set in the heart of the Brecks un­der a canopy of ma­ture trees.

HOT PICK... Don’t be put off by the ‘hut’ bit – these are beau­ti­ful, crafted lit­tle lodges with lux­u­ri­ous touches like king-sized beds, wood burn­ers, show­ers, a fully-equipped kitchen and each of the huts has its own dis­tinc­tive decor. There’s even a dou­ble-ended bath on the ve­randa and a fire-pit if you’re up for it. You can or­der a ‘re­treat box’ of good­ies, from hot choco­late to an­tipasti, to keep fu­elled up. You’re a mile from the road, so peace and quiet is pretty much guar­an­teed. WHAT’S TO DO NEARBY? There are wood­land walks im­me­di­ately around the huts, in­clud­ing around a 32-acre lake, and Ped­dars Way and the ex­panses of Thet­ford For­est are close by. The town of Thet­ford and the fa­mous Dad’s Army mu­seum are a short drive away and a lit­tle closer is the wel­com­ing thatched vil­lage pub in Thomp­son vil­lage.

HOW MUCH? £150 per night. 01953 488731 www.thomp­son­hall­re­treat.co.uk

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